As the much anticipated 2013 Nambian Annual Music Awards (NAMA) draw closer, the organisers have kept their promise of making the identities of the judges known to the public.
Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer of MTC and Spokesperson of the NAMAs, Tim Ekandjo reiterated the NAMAs principles of transparency by revealing the identities of the judges ahead of the build up to the awards.
According to Ekandjo, the organisers have ensured that fresh faces sit on the panel of judges so that no particular judge gets too comfortable. Ekandjo said the judges were selected based on their maturity and musical knowledge and once no objections are received, these judges will automatically be confirmed to continue with their duties unhindered and without any external influence.
There are a total of 11 judges who together share a wealth of experience within the Namibian music industry. They include former chairperson of MISA Namibia Sandra Williams, who has 20 years experience in the broadcasting, communications and media advocacy sectors. Williams established herself as a well-known local personality as TV News anchor and fronted other top quality radio and TV programmes. Most recently is her stint as station manager of popular local radio Base FM, formely KCR, which was successfully re-branded under her leadership.
Other judges on the panel include Otilia Mungoba, Dr Kagiso Moloi - host of the jazz programme, Jazz Matazz with KG on NBC National Radio, Axali Doeseb composer of the Namibian National Anthem, who is also a full orchestra and choir conductor, band master, music teacher and arts consultant as well as Mario Locke, who is currently an Executive Producer at the NBC. The other judges are Nghidipo Nangolo, Joel Haikali, Corrie Du Plessis, Wojtek Majweski, Peter Hoa Khaob and Natanael Ipinge.
Artists are reminded that the deadline for entries close on January 25. Entry forms are available from any MTC or any NBC regional offices. Only albums commercially released between December 1 2011 to November 30 2012 will qualify.